What will Honda Malaysia be launching in 2021? Honda City Hatchback, Honda Odyssey Facelift, and more

Eric · Dec 27, 2020 12:00 PM

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After introducing no less than five new models in 2020, including the Honda Civic facelift, all-new Honda Accord, and all-new Honda City, Honda Malaysia isn’t slowing down one bit. With 2021 just around the corner, let’s take a look and see what does Honda Malaysia has in store for us in 2021.

2021 Honda City RS

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The Honda City RS will be Honda Malaysia’s first debut for 2021. Granted, the company showcased the City RS during the launch of the fifth-generation model, but would only launch the model in January 2021.

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Not to be confused with Thailand's City RS. Blue badge only for hybrid variants

Under the hood of the City RS is Honda’s latest two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) full hybrid powertrain.

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The electric traction motor is capable of delivering 109 PS and 253 Nm, while the 1.5-litre petrol engine only kicks in either to drive the generator to provide additional power for the traction motor, or to drive the wheels directly during high-speed cruising, bypassing the electric motor via a clutch.

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The Honda City RS is also the only variant in the line-up to get the full Honda Sensing ADAS suite, whioch features a new monocular camera with a wider operating angle. As part of the Honda Sensing ADAS suite, the City RS offers Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), and Auto High Beam (AHB). It also gets the LaneWatch camera.

2021 Honda City Hatchback

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Set to arrive here and replace the GK5-generation Honda Jazz, the upcoming Honda City Hatchback sure looks like it will give the Toyota Yaris a good run for its money.

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The sporty-looking Honda City Hatchback made its global debut in Thailand back in November and will be arriving in Malaysia sometime next year.

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It is expected to feature the same powertrain as the current GN2-generation City: a 1.5-litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine good for 121 PS and 145 Nm, hooked up to a CVT-type automatic transmission. The fancy 1.0-litre turbo engine probably won’t be offered here.

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While the City Hatchback’s equipment will largely mirror that of the City sedan, the former has an ace up its sleeve – Ultra Seats.

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Yes, the unassuming-looking City Hatchback has the one of the key features that made the Jazz what it is, which should help claw back some market share from the Yaris.

2021 Honda Odyssey facelift

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The current-generation Honda Odyssey has been around in 2013 and it received a mild nip-and-tuck in 2017. It received yet another update a couple of months ago, albeit a tad bit more comprehensive.

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This time, the Honda Odyssey received a completely restyled front-end, with Honda’s new design language. The front grille gets four horizontal slats, flanked by a pair of sharp-looking LED headlights. The rear of the MPV also gains new LED tail lights.

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But styling aside, the coolest addition to the Honda Odyssey is the new gesture-controlled power-sliding doors – just put your hands near the sensors placed on the rear door and the door will open, much like a Jedi using the Force in Star Wars.

Powertrain options remain the same. The Japanese market Odyssey can either be fitted with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 2.0-litre petrol-hybrid engine, the latter similar to the upcoming Honda City RS’ i-MMD petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

Honda Jazz and Honda HR-V

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These two ageing models will likely be replaced in the near future. We can expect Honda Malaysia to offer some accessories package or promotions to push these ageing models.

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Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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